My 3 words? Surprisingly not W. T. F.

January 1, 2012

in random

Chris Brogan is at it again. Chris Brogan, who I really have no idea of, is apparently a very famous person on the Internet and the social media scene. Dude apparently is an inspiration to many, esp. with his annual New Year post “My 3 Words for 20XX”.

In 2011, his 3 words were: Reinvest. Package. Flow.

For 2012, his 3 words are (or will be?): Temple. Untangle. Practice.

Well, Mr. Brogan, I guess I have to thank you for inspiring the head honcho of my company to ask all of us to come up with 3 words to laser-focus our energy/ambition/breathing towards. Unfortunately, the fist thing that jumped into my mind was:

Move. That. Bus. 

And then I was stuck. I shook my fists at your well-defined cheek bones, Ty Pennington! The rest of my ideas were more like a plea for help from an insane asylum:

I do everything.
Like your mom.
Kill me now.
Let me out.
Set me free.


So I put out a call for help to some of my ladies and they, like Jimmy John’s, delivered, in more ways than one.

From Elly @ Bugginword:

Evangelize.  Inform.  Seduce.  Innovate.  Inspire.  Support is for bras, dudes.

Distract.  Disarm.  Destroy.

[Can we just describe you instead?]  Pure, undiluted possibility.  <— Seriously, with friends like this, who needs bras?!

How about “Social Media Whore,” Lin?  I mean whore in the nicest possible way.  Obviously.   <— She gets me. She really really gets me. 


From Wicked Shawn @ WIcked Girls Think It, Do You?

Wrangler of assholes.

Excite. Conquer. Devour.

Taker of souls.

Giver of (helping) Hand (jobs) “your choice”


From Kelly @ Dufmanno’s Blog:

Fight, win, destroy. [that would be mine]  —> Yes, Kelly, nobody would dare to doubt it. 

Astound, problem flatten, monarch in training.

Create, confound, excite. [I’m getting a great visual of you with flames shooting out of your eyes but you probably don’t do that at work. Can you pretend you are a prehistoric warrior goddess with a battle axe because that just adds pages of job titles to your resume.]  —> Srly, I have the best ladies in the world ever. No bras! Woohoo!

Destroyer of enemies.

Thwarter of evil.

Creator of animal pelts…


From Sue @ Lagunatic:

Instigate. Resonate. Fascinate.

Can you submit “I like boobies” just to see what they say?  —> So. Fucking. Tempting. Unfortunately my family’s health insurance depends on my employment… 


From Vapid @ A Vapid Blonde:

Divide. Conquer. Unite. (or Untie, if they are hot)

Solver. Slayer. Soother.Rockstar Fire Fucker… (not sure they would like that one)

Personally my mission statement would be Cocktail Maker, ShakHER.


From Amanda @ Brilliant Sulk:

How about a fun, interesting seminar: Noose making 101


From Patty @ Patty Punker:

drop kick this (motherfucker)

my shit rips!

veritable meth lab

old like deniro (or pacino, you pick)


Then Elly (aka Ms. Bugginword) followed up with this email:

 Is anyone else craving INXS now?  Can you deliver your three words with a boom box, some posterboard, and a giant black marker?


Yes. Yes. Yes!  Remember these and the awesome music video?

Try not to hate



With my ladyfriends’ encouragement, support and blind faith, right now, sitting in my official corporate profile is my 3 word mission that says:

Desegregate. Mediate. Alleviate.


{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

Christine @ Fresh Local and Best January 8, 2012 at 2:10 pm

My three words O.M.G. You girls are hilarious! I love Vapid Blonde’s word: untie.


Ameena January 7, 2012 at 9:41 pm

I’m with Akos. I have nothing intelligent to add here so I’m just going to say: Happy New Year. I hope 2012 is off to a great start and I hope the trip home was relatively painless!
Ameena´s last blog post…too much food


Absence Alternatives January 8, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Thank you! Happy New Year to you! And Barcelona sounds/looks lovely. 🙂


Justine January 5, 2012 at 10:27 am

Man, seems like I’m l.a.t.e. in jumping on this bandwagon. Your friends are awesome – love their input. And the comments here cracked me up (especially some of your responses to them.) Totally made my morning.

But I have to say, after reading all the clever and hilarious 3 words here, I can only come up with I. Got. Nuthin’.

At least for now. But you got me thinking (congratulations!) and so I’m seriously contemplating my 3 words for this Year of the Dragon. Wondering how to work in “kick ass” because I really want to.
Justine´s last blog post…Three versions of the same holiday


Absence Alternatives January 8, 2012 at 9:33 pm

I like the potential of some ass kicking. “Kick dragon’s ass”?


Tom G. January 5, 2012 at 12:22 am

Drunk, Catholic, Girls

Oddly enough, these three words seem to incorporate so much of what the GGB had to say.

Damn, there I go reminiscing again… and I thought 2012 would be different.
Tom G.´s last blog post…Resolutions


Absence Alternatives January 5, 2012 at 9:02 am

Unicorn. Rainbow. Cupcakes.

Animal Pelts. Mammoth.

Yup. Everything is different. Everything is the same. 😉


Cathy January 4, 2012 at 6:11 pm

How have I not seen this before? My three words:

outta here now
…or to be serious
fierce forward focus
Cathy´s last blog post…i’ll tell you what i did


Absence Alternatives January 4, 2012 at 11:50 pm

I like the 3Fs!


dufmanno January 4, 2012 at 12:21 pm

How I missed this is beyond me. Especially considering the fact that I spent the better part of three days talking in three word sentences to accomplish mine.
Perhaps it was my laser focus and inability to shake the image of us using the power of shapes to change the world.
Destroy. Exclusionary. Circles.
Use Venn Diagrams and Trapezoids instead.
Oh, and I just got back from a mental trip to Dufmanno Island where I stopped writing , speaking, communicating and living for 3 weeks straight.
dufmanno´s last blog post…I Steal and Feel No Remorse


Absence Alternatives January 4, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Love the post you churned out after 3 weeks on Dufmanno Island. LOVE. IT.


Meg at the Members Lounge January 3, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Advise. Barflies. Exercise.

I admit I went to for that rhyming thing, but it that describes what I need to do. Advise myself to not drink as much wine, and exercise more!
Meg at the Members Lounge´s last blog post…I Can’t Help Myself Friday. Graphically Speaking.


Absence Alternatives January 4, 2012 at 11:49 pm

Less wine? More exercise?

Fine! If you want to do it that way!


Jack@TheJackB January 3, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Sat here playing around with a few different options and discovered that my son had snuck up behind me. He wants to know why I wrote:

“Suck Me Harder.”

I hadn’t even decided if I was going to publish those three but now I must because a blog is where we share all of the goofy crap that happens to us. Had I known that he was there I would have typed:

“Love. School. Life.”

But no, he had to read “Suck Me Harder.” That should go over well at his school. Don’t thank me parents, I am here all week.
Jack@TheJackB´s last blog post…The Biggest Challenge Most Bloggers Face


Absence Alternatives January 3, 2012 at 1:59 pm

This made me laugh so hard I honestly spit out my coffee. Now I read it again, still laughing, but I know better to be drinking anything.

“a blog is where we share all of the goofy crap that happens to us” Well said. That’s really one of the reasons why I started doing this and kept at it for 2 years when nobody was reading it. The other one was to vent about the WTF things I saw/heard on a daily basis.


secret agent woman January 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Those are great choices. I always draw a blank in choosing thematic words.
secret agent woman´s last blog post…Another way I started 2012 right.


Absence Alternatives January 3, 2012 at 12:46 am

I know. That’s why I got stuck on Move that bus. I just cleaned out my fridge, by cleaning out I mean throwing away stuff from the “cold cut drawer”. We had hotdogs with expiration dates from Sep. 2011…


I now have a new set of 3 words: Check Expiration Dates.


Ry sal January 2, 2012 at 7:51 pm

How the bloody hell did I miss this?!?!



Absence Alternatives January 3, 2012 at 12:44 am

You had a BABY!!!!!

And, cough cough, my husband would have been ELATED if my 3 words were yours… just sayin’…


BigLittleWolf January 2, 2012 at 11:33 am

This is much closer to what I actually do at New Year’s – come up with a few “directions” I need to keep in mind during the year to come.

Were I to go for three, here are a few that come to mind (reading your post):

More. Sex. Now.


Teens. Doing. Dishes.

what I actually chose (for myself) is a pair that’s seemingly a contradiction: Focus, and Flexibility.

If I can live with those two guiding me over this next year? I could make some positive change. And if I still get to add a third – it would be another “F” word. No, not that one. Fun, to be interpreted as you please…
BigLittleWolf´s last blog post…Beyond Me


Absence Alternatives January 3, 2012 at 12:43 am

I love the 3Fs!

And yes, TEENS. DOING. DISHES would be great. In fact, I will take TEENS LISTEN MORE.


writerwoman61 January 2, 2012 at 9:36 am

“Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle!”

Happy New Year, Lin!

writerwoman61´s last blog post…And the Winner is…


Absence Alternatives January 3, 2012 at 12:42 am

Happy New year to you too!


Life in the Boomer Lane January 2, 2012 at 8:43 am

I love all this. My goals for 2012:
Meditate. Medicate. Medicare.
Life in the Boomer Lane´s last blog post…2012 911


Absence Alternatives January 3, 2012 at 12:41 am



Kathy January 2, 2012 at 8:23 am

I’m afraid I can’t top any of these. I’m a big lump of wordlessness this morning. Happy New Year, Lin!
Kathy´s last blog post…On (not) Understanding Memory: The Oldest and Only Story


Absence Alternatives January 3, 2012 at 12:41 am

I cannot top those either!

Happy New Year!


Alexandra January 1, 2012 at 11:21 pm

You know what? I love your friends. My kind of people. Going to follow each and every one of them.

And yes, INXS…absofuckinlutely.

Happy New Year, funny funny lady.
Alexandra´s last blog post…Happy New Year and Wishes For the Most Ambitious Resolutions


Absence Alternatives January 3, 2012 at 12:41 am

I love all you ladies here. And the dudes of course. Can’t forget the dudes. Without the dudes we’d just be playing with ourselves too much.



Leanne January 1, 2012 at 10:05 pm

So, so awesome. I need your ladies. Can you only have 3?
Mine would be
I. Just. Farted.
I think that might keep folks away,hmm?
Leanne´s last blog post…Wishes and Hopes


Absence Alternatives January 3, 2012 at 12:39 am

I think a commune has been in the talks. All are welcome!!!!


SisterMerryHellish January 1, 2012 at 2:35 pm

In. Your. Dreams.

But I digress. Hey, that’s three words too!
SisterMerryHellish´s last blog post…Looking Back And Going Dutch


Absence Alternatives January 3, 2012 at 12:38 am

I like In. Your. Dreams.

I like that sassy attitude!


Akos Fintor January 1, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Oh man,
I wanted to leave a cool comment here but there is nothing witty I could come up with so I just decided not leave anything behind.


Absence Alternatives January 3, 2012 at 12:38 am

LOL. That’s how I feel often when I visit blogs with awesome, cool commenters. Thank you for helping make mine cool(er). ^_^

Your 3-word is effectively

I’m Not Here.


Chris Brogan... January 1, 2012 at 1:11 pm

These are the best! I love them more. A few thoughts of alternative 3 words:

Shock. The. Monkey.
Put. The. Coffee-Down. (People use hyphens in a pinch.)
Shake. That. Thing.
Watch. Yo. Self.

Yeah. I need a nap. : )
Chris Brogan…´s last blog post…My 3 Words for 2012


Absence Alternatives January 3, 2012 at 12:35 am

Dear Mr. B, thank you very much. When I checked my stat just now, I had more than 500+ views on Jan. 1. (Stop laughing!) To me that’s an auspicious beginning for a new year. 🙂 When I went to check out your post, I saw that my post showed up as the first trackback with W.T.F right there for the whole world to see, I felt really guilty about it. I appreciate your great sense of humor. I’d expect popular bloggers to filter trackbacks esp. for “swear words” lest they offend the readers. I srly did not expect it to show up so prominently. I guess being in Asia time difference was in my favor. 🙂 Anyway, have a happy new year! And wish you lots of luck with your 3 words!

I think TAKE MORE NAPS could be a great goal for many, including myself and little tiny babies. (Elly and Ry and Naptime can attest to that)


Nance January 1, 2012 at 11:43 am

Investigate outrageous badinage.

P.S. has a list of words to avoidfor 2012. Amazing.
Nance´s last blog post…Some Short Thoughts On A Long Night


Absence Alternatives January 3, 2012 at 12:12 am

Is “AWESOME” on the list? I have been using that word A LOT. Like, a lot a lot.

Is “LIKE” on the list too? Is saying “A lot, a lot” banned too? I am in trouble, like, a lot, a lot, if tis true…

So I went to check out the Top 10 Buzzwords of 2011. Kind of sad that I already forgot about “winning” being a buzzword. I did NOT get to use Carmageddon at all so I’m going to start using it for 2012. And I burst out laughing when I saw “Leading from behind”… Oy. My mind is totally in the gutter this evening…


Amber January 1, 2012 at 11:17 am

Those ideas are awesome and I might steal one for my own three word whatever it is.

As for the ones you chose? Awesome . Purely awesome.
Amber´s last blog post…2011: The Year of Positive Change


Absence Alternatives January 3, 2012 at 12:06 am

Thank you. The credit for mine really should go to Elly, and the 3 word mission idea I believe is all Chris Brogan’s fault.


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